I thought I was joining a Mother Runners trail run, but it turned out to be a mishmash of Medina runners (say that five times fast), most of whom I recognized from lurking on various running sites. I was a bit intimidated at first because Medina Road Runners are super-speedy, but the leaders of the pack were very kind about slowing down and waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
The trails were beautiful, especially with the snow coming down. They were difficult in some places, too. One mile of very technical climbing, which included my choice to scoot down an incline on my ass.
|This was steeper than it looks.|
|Runners waiting at the bottom.|
I got a lot of bang for my buck here. In 7.71 miles I experienced the following fun: a stream crossing (nothing like getting your feet wet in feels-like-10-degree weather), a huge hill that I made my bitch, climbing down from Whipp's Ledges, scooting on my butt for part of it, nice running companions, beautiful scenery around Hinckley lake, and this suprise bonus:
|I found a decorated Christmas tree on the trail!|
Whatever you do, I hope you run happy!
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